The utility company started a users fee a few months ago.
Seems to be common in rural electric.
Since we have two poles- one for the house and the other for the barn
We have two users fees.
In order to have electricity flow to the property we pay $55 a month
The electric company also got a jump in prices last month
We have electric heat and cooling
Changes for the good are in order.
1. We bought styrofoam insulation boards to put in all of the downstairs windows.
Cut to size. They block the cold and lets heat rise.
If we are in the basement during the day, we take it down for natural light.
2. At the end of last season we bought some insulated curtains.
We don't have curtains on our house normally.
they are up in all upstairs windows- closed tightly at night.
3. We close everything that can be closed.
Doors to room, closets, cupboards, drawers
4. A small oil heater is used in the livingroom.
At night we move it to the hall, which keeps the core of the house warm.
5. Cooking and cleaning happen before 3 pm and after 9 pm.
We also warm the house before 6 am or after 9am.
Our electricity rate almost doubles from 4-8:30 pm and from 7-9am
6. Close vents in the bathrooms and extra rooms.
7. A blanket is over the stairs by the front door.
When we open the door for the dogs to go out the blanket prevents a ton of heat loss.
We are considering adding an unheated entry area next year by putting up wood on the front porch.
8. We open and close curtains with the passing of the sun. Natural light is always preferred.
Solar lights are used outside. They are carefully cleaned off after each snow.
9. Wash clothes on non rainy days after 9 am.
Clothes dry on the line, but are in the basket before the sun goes down.
They go into the dryer at 9 pm if they are not dry (or froze on the line).
Believe it or not, Kansas has few days when it is cloudy all day.
10. Wearing slippers, sweatshirts and taking a hot bath mid day round out the list.